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PROCEEDINGS 



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From its Formation, on the 20th Jan., AX, 2387, A.D., 1857, 



SECOND ANNUAL CONVOCATION, HELD AT THE 
CITY OF LONDON, C.W., 

On the third Wednesday, the 16th day of February, A. D., 1859. 




Ordered to be Read in all Chapters and Preserved. 
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ADDRESS = 

THOMAS DOUGLAS HARINGTON, TORONTO, GRAND Z. 
THOMAS BIRD HARRIS, HAMILTON, G. SCRIBE, E. 



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HAMILTON : 

PRINTED AT THE "SPECTATOR" OFFICE, COURT HOUSE SQUARE, 

1859. 



PROCEEDINGS OE A CONVENTION 

OF 

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HELD 

IN THE MASONIC HALL, HAMILTON, 
On the 19th day of January, A.D. 185$. * 



At a Convention of Delegates from the Chapters of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada, held at the City of Hamilton, on Monday 
the 19th day of January, A. I. 2387, A. D. 1857, convened 
by a Circular, for the purpose of considering the present state 
of Royal Arch Masonry m the Province of Canada and to 
decide upon and take the ne3essary steps for its future welfare 
and prosperity, — 

The following Representatives from duly warranted Chapters were 



PRESENT. 

E. Comp. Kivas Tully, Past Z., St. John's Chapter, Toronto. 
Thomas Duggan, P. Z.,The Hiram Chapter, Hamilton. 
Charles Magill, Past Z., " " 

John Harris, Z., " " 

Thos. B. Harris, Z., St. John's Chapter, " 

Comp. W. C. Stephens. 
" Richard Bull. 
" Wm. M. Wilson. 



4 PROCEEDINGS OF A 

It was, on motion, unanimously Resolved — 

That Companion^ the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, 
Col. William M. Wilson, take the Chair, and 

That E. Companion C. Magill, Past Z., be requested to 
act as Secretary to the Convention. 

The Convention having been thus constitutionally organised, 
and the subject for which it had been called having been introduced 
by Companion the Most Worshipful Grand Master, after mature 
deliberation, the following Preamble was unanimously adopted : — 



PREAMBLE. 

That the absence in the Province of a supreme authority for 
regulating the affairs of Royal Arch Masonry, having long 
been attended with serious inconveniences to the Order, 
and the Grand Lodge of Canada having been legally and 
constitutionally established on a firm and permanent basis, — 

Be it Resolved, — 

To recommend to an adjourned meeting of Royal Arch 
Masons, to be held on Tuesday the 20th instant, at the 
Masonic Hall in the said City of Hamilton, with the concur- 
rence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in 
Canada, at once to proceed in the establishment of a Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter for Canada, on the following conditions : 

That the Constitution of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
England be adopted, mutatis mutandis, as its Constitution, and 
be taken as the guide in the arrangement of the various offices of 
this Grand Chapter, with the following reservations : — 

That the principle established by the Grand Lodge of Canada 
of making the principal offices annually elective, be adopted by 
this Grand Chapter. 

That in order to assimilate with the usages of Royal Arch 



CONVENTION HAMILTON, 1857. 5 

Masonry in the United States, the three degrees not recognized by 
the Grand Chapter of England, viz : 

The Mark Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master 
Masons degrees, shall be taken by all persons, to entitle them to 
be admitted to membership in any Chapter under this jurisdiction, 
but that Royal Arch Masons who may have taken their degrees in 
any regularly warranted Chapter under any other jurisdiction, may 
be admitted as visitors to any Chapter in this Province, when 
working in the Royal Arch degree, or in any degree which such 
visitor may have taken under a regularly warranted Lodge or 
Chapter, and that in conformity with the foregoing recommendation, 
the M.W., the Grand Master, be the First Grand Principal, Z., 
or the R.W. D. G. M., be the Second Grand Principal, H., the 
other Officers being left to the discretion of the Convention. 

The Meeting adjourned, to meet at six o'clock p. m. to-morrow. 



The Convention re-assembled at the Masonic Hall, on Tuesday, 
January the 20th, 1857, at 7 o'clock, p. m. 

The following Chapters were duly represented : — 

THE HIRAM CHAPTER, HAMILTON. 

E. Comp. Thos. Duggan, P. Z. 
" " C. Magill, " " 

8T. john's chapter, london. 



E. Comp. Thomas Francis, Z. 

" " Joseph F. Rolfe, P.Z. 

" William Daniell, H. 



st. john's chapter, Hamilton. 

E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, Z. 
" J. R. Holden, H. 



E. Comp. Kivas Tully, P. Z. 



Companions — W. C. Stephens, W. M. Wilson, Richard Bull, 
James Riddell, Henry Grist, J. M. Rogerson, Mills, Harley, 
and others. 



6 PKOOEEDINGS OF A 

The Convention was presided over by E. Companion Thos. 
Duggan, P. 1st P. Z., who called on the Secretary to read the 
Circular issued to the various Chapters in the Province. 

The proceedings of the preceding evening were read, and 
unanimously adopted. 

It was, on motion, Kesolved, 

That the Title of the Grand Chapter shall be — 

&jjt ®rrab Chapter 'of |lapl %tt\ Utasons 



It was, on motion. Resolved, — 

That a Grand Chapter be, and is hereby declared established 
on the Constitution recommended in the Minutes of the Convention 
of Royal Arch Masons, now read. 

It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That the Grand Chapter do proceed to the election of Grand 
Officers to hold Office till their successors are elected, invested 
and installed. 

The following Companions were declared duly elected : 

M. E. Comp. W. M. Wilson, Grand Z. 

R. " " A. Bernard, " H. 

R. " " Thos. Duggan, " J. 

" " " Thos. B. Harris, « Scribe, E. 

" " " Wm. Daniell, " " N. 

" " " Wm. Bellhouse, " Treasurer. 

" J. Morrison, " Janitor. 

It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That the following be a Committee to make the necessary 
arrangements for the installation, and for conducting all other 
matters that may be required for the proper management of all 
business connected with the Grand Chapter : — 

E. Companions Thomas B. Harris, Thomas Duggan and 
Comp. Richard Bull. 



CONVENTION HAMILTON, 1857. 7 

It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That the amount to be paid for a Dispensation, under the 
jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter of Canada, shall be Forty 
Dollars, and for a Chapter Warrant, an additional sum of 
Ten Dollars. 

It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That no Candidate shall be exalted for a less consideration 
than Twenty Dollars, in any Chapter under the jurisdiction of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

The Convention adjourned till such time as arrangements had 
been perfected for the consecration of the Grand Chapter, and the 
installation of the Grand Officers elect. 



April 2nd, 1857. 

The Convention of Royal Arch Masons re-assembled at the 
Masonic Hall, in the City of Hamilton, on the 2nd day of April, 
A.D. 1857, at 8 o'clock, p. m. 

PRESENT : 

E. Companion Thomas Duggan, presiding. 

Comp. Thos. B. Harris. Comp. William Bellhouse. 

" William T. Thomas. 

" Henry Grist. 

" F. J. Rastrick. 

" W. A. Harley. 

" Edmund Kelly. 

" J. Taylor. 

" — Shears. 

" T. C. Prosser. 

" A. De Grassi. 

" J. Hodgson. 

" G. L. Allen. 

" William Irwin. 

" Joseph A. Fisher. 

" W. C. Stephens. 

And a number of Brethren. 



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J. M. Rogerson. 


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James Riddell. 


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W. C. Morrison. 


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8 PROCEEDINGS OF A 

The Committee appointed to make the necessary arrange- 
ments for the installation of the Grand Officers elect, of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, 

Reported, — 

That M. E. Companion Czar Jones, Past Grand High Priest 
of the state of Michigan, had kindly undertaken to perform the 
requisite ceremonies and was now in attendance for that purpose. 
He was then introduced by the Committee, and took his seat in the 
East, and duly installed and invested the following Grand Officers 
elect, in their respective offices : — 

M. E. Comp. W. M. Wilson, Grand Z. 

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A. Bernard, 


H. 


Thomas Duggan, 


J. 


Thos. B. Harris, 


" Scribe, E. 


Wm. Daniell, 


" N. 


W. Bellhouse, 


" Treasurer. 


J. Morrison, 


" Janitor. 



The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was 
then proclaimed by the Grand Marshall duly installed, and the 
Grand Officers invested with the usual Masonic honors. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in ample form, with solemn 
prayer. 

THOS. B. HARRIS, 

G. Scribe, E. 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — MONTREAL, 1857. 9 



PROCEEDINGS 

At an Especial Convocation, of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada, held at the City of Montreal, on the 9th 
day of July, A.D. 1857. 





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M. E. Corap. William M. Wilson. 


, Grand Z. 


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" William Bellhouse, 


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" J. Hannah, 


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C. Magill. E. 


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A. S. Abbott. 


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Richard Bull. 


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G. L. Allen. 


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S. B. Campbell. 


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James Moffiitt. , E. 


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Thompson Wilson, 


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J. Rolfe. 


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J. E. Smith. 


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Edward Garratt. 


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D. Brown. 


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W. H. Miller. 


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J. Scott. 



Visiting Companion M. Mitchell, Lafayette Chapter, Vermont. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form, with solemn 
prayer. 

The proceedings at the Convention were read, and, on motion, 
confirmed. 

It was moved by R. E. Companion Thos. Duggan, seconded 
by E. Companion Kivas Tully, and unanimously Resolved, — 

That E. Companion Michael Furnell, of North Munster, 
Ireland, be constituted an honorary member of this Grand Chapter. 

It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That the M. E. Grand Z. be requested to name a Committee 
for the purpose of drafting a suitable address, the same to be sent 
to all the Grand Chapters. 

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10 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The M. E. Grand Z., nominated R. E. Companions 
T. B. Harris, W. C. Stephens and Thos. Duggan such Committee. 
It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That the M. E. Grand Z, be requested to name a Committee 
to amend the constitution. 

M. E. Grand Z, appointed the following Companions to the 
one already named : — 

E. Comp. Kivas Tully, Campbell and Allen, of Toronto. 
" T. Wilson and J. Rolfe, of London, 
and to report at the first Special Emergency. 

The Grand Chapter proceeded to the election of Grand 
Officers, when the following were duly elected. 
M. E. Comp. W. M. Wilson, Grand 
R. E. " Joseph Scott, 
" " Thos. Duggan, 

" " Thos. B. Harris, 

" " Wm. Bellhouse, 

u J. Morrison, 

It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That a Warrant be issued for King Solomon's Chapter, 
Toronto. 

The M. E. Grand Z. intimated that an Especial Emergency 
would be held at the City of London. 

The Grand Officers elect were then installed according to 
ancient form. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in ample form, with solemn 
prayer. 

THOS. B. HARRIS, 

G. Scribe, E. 



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ESPECIAL CONVOCATION — LONDON, 1857. 11 



PROCEEDINGS 

At an Especial Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Canada, held at the City of London, on the 8th day of October, 
1857. 

PRESENT. 

M. E, Comp. Wm. M. Wilson, Grand Z. 
R. E. " ThorapsonWilson,as " H. 
" " " Thos. Duggan, " J. 

on the Throne. 
" Thos. B. Harris, " Scribe E. 
" James Daniell, " " N. 

" Thos. Francis, " Principal Sojourner. 

" Kivas Tully, " 1st Assist. " 

" Wm. Muir, " 2nd " " 

Thos. McMullen, " Janitor. 
Comp. George Taylor. Comp. Thomas Allen. 

" George Perkins. " J. W. Scobell. 

" W. C. L. Gill. " William G. Chambers. 

" P. Worthington. " J. M. MacKenzie 

" Thomas Thomas. " D. Mclnnes. 

" A. S. Abbott. " William Daniell. 

" John Keary. " William Gordon. 

" J. Smith. " W. Hayforth. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form, with solemn 
prayer. 

The M. E. Grand Z. informed the Grand Chapter that he had 
summoned them together for the purpose of receiving the Report 
of the Committees on Address and Constitution, and to proceed 
with all unfinished business. 

The Grand Scribe, E., read the Minutes of an Especial 
Convocation held at Montreal, which were on motion confirmed. 



12 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The Committee appointed at the last convocation, for the 
purpose of drafting an address to be forwarded to all the Grand 
Chapters, submit the following 

ADDRESS: 

To the Most Excellent Grand Chiefs, the Grand Officers and 
Companions of the Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons : 

We, the Grand Principals, Grand Officers, and Companions of the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada, with fraternal regards, 

Send Greeting : 

In accordance with ancient usage, and earnestly desirous of 
cultivating and cementing those feelings of fraternal union, the 
practice of which has not only rendered our Order illustrious 
throughout the world, but has also ensured its permanency and 
efficiency, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada feel it to 
be their bounden duty to prepare and forward to the recognised 
authorities of the Royal Craft, situated without the boundaries of 
this jurisdiction, a statement of the principal reasons which led to 
the organisation of a controlling power over Royal Arch Masonry 
in this Province, and at the same time to communicate to them 
the fact of such organisation. 

The absence from our Chapters of that harmony and 
prosperity, which should ever distinguish the proceedings of Royal 
Arch Masons, induced many of our more zealous companions to 
institute a careful inquiry into the causes which had contributed 
to the apparent decline of the Royal Craft in Canada, and it soon 
became evident that this was solely to be attributed to the 
diversity of interests and to the want of uniformity, in work and 
action, existing among the various Chapters in this Province ; 
these Bodies holding warrants from different Grand Chapters and 
working under different constitutions, neither assimilated in their 
views nor feelings ; their funds were drained, and their usefulness 
diminished, by the transmission of the required fees to their 
Parent Grand Chapters, they were thus left unable to meet the 
claims made by distressed Companions hailing from the various 
Chapters of Europe and America. 



ESPECIAL CONVOCATION LONDON, 1857. 13 

In addition to these obstacles it may also be remarked, the 
system of work authorised by the Grand Chapter of England does 
not recognise the degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, and Most 
Excellent Master ; and the Chapters in this Province were thus 
placed in a most embarrassing situation, as the work performed 
by them in these several degrees was not only contrary to, but 
inconsistent with, "the rules and regulations of that Grand Chapter ; 
while, on the other hand, the Chapters in the United States of 
America absolutely required that all visitors should have previously 
received these degrees before they could be admitted. 

Taking these circumstances into consideration, and with a view 
to obviate the difficulties under which the Royal Craft labored in 
this Province, a Circular was addressed to the Chapters holding 
Warrants attached to Lodges affiliating with the Grand Lodge of 
Canada, requiring them to send duly qualified Representatives to 
a Convention, to be held at the City of Hamilton, on the 19th day 
of January, A.D. 1857. 

The Convention having assembled at the time and place 
appointed and a constitutional number of Chapters being represented 
by their properly qualified Officers, the whole subject was taken 
into serious consideration and it was unanimously Resolved, — That 
it was expedient and necessary to establish an Independent 
governing power over Royal Arch Masonry in Canada. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada having thus been 
formed in accordance with universal usages was then duly 
established, a constitution requiring that the degrees of Mark 
Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master, should be 
conferred on all candidates previous to their being exalted to the 
Royal Arch degree, or admitted to membership, was adopted and 
the following Companions were elected as Grand Officers : — 
M. E. Companion Wm. Mercer Wilson, Grand 1st Principal, Z. ; 
R. E. Companion Dr. A. Bernard, Grand 2nd Principal, II. ; 
R. E. Companion Dr. Thomas Duggan, Grand 3rd Principal, J. ; 
and Comps. of ability to the other Offices of the Grand Chapter. 

The Convention was again summoned to meet at Hamilton on 
the 2nd day of April, A.D. 1857, upon which occasion the (Tram I 
Officers elect were regularly installed and proclaimed, in Ancient 
form, by M. E. Companion Czar Jones, Past Grand High Priest 
of the State of Michigan. 



14 GEAND OHAPTEE OF CANADA. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada having been thus 
duly formed, and being engaged with yourselves in promulgating 
the genuine principles of the Royal Craft, and feeling, at the same 
time, earnestly desirous of cultivating a friendly intercourse with 
your distinguished body, cordially extend to you the right hand of 
fellowship and confidently claim from your Grand Chapter a 
fraternal recognition. ' 

Signed on behalf of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Canada, 

[L. S.] WM. M. WILSON, Z. 

THOS. B. HARRIS, 

G. &, E. 

On motion the report was received and adopted. 

The Committee on Constitution not being ready to make a 
report, asked leave to continue their deliberations, which was 
concurred in. 

It was, on motion, Resolved, — 

That the Regular Annual Convocation be held on the third 
Wednesday in February, in each and every year. 

It was Resolved, — 

That the next Special Meeting of the Grand Chapter be held 
on the third Wednesday in January next, at Toronto, for the 
purpose of receiving the report of the Committee on Constitution. 

The M. E. Grand Z. was pleased to make the following 
appointments to office for the ensuing Masonic term : — 

V. E. Comp. J. R. Rolfe, Grand Scribe, N. 



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J. E. Smith, 


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Thos. Francis, 


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Jas. Moffatt, 


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John Harris, 


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S. B. Campbell, 


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J. G. McKenzie, 


" Organist. 


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H. B. Bostwick, 


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The Grand Chapter was closed 


in ample form, with solemn 


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THOS. B. HARRIS, 

G. Scribe, E. 



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